The Most Wonderful Time of the Year . . .

Ah, the holidays. The time of year we fill our homes with decorations, festive foods, gifts and guests. But the things we love most about the holidays can sometimes pose a danger to our furry friends. But with a little awareness and some simple precautions, we can make sure that our pets stay healthy through the coming celebrations.

O Christmas Tree
If you have a curious pet, or one who loves to chew, the Christmas tree can be irresistible. Those dangling ornaments, so fragile and breakable, can easily cut tender mouths and paws if broken. That shiny tinsel or flowing ribbons may entice your pet to nibble, which can lead to swallowing, which can lead to obstruction in the digestive tract. Keep such temptations out of reach of pets, or better yet, skip the tinsel all together.

Drinking the water at the base of your live tree can cause stomach upsets from bacteria or chemicals from the tree. Keep fresh drinking water close and handy for your pets.

And finally, even though the videos on YouTube are hilarious, it’s not so funny when a pet knocks over your tree. Secure your tree to prevent accidents, messes, and injury.

Deck the Halls
Holiday lights – and the miles of electrical cords that go with them – can give a nasty shock if your pet decides to chew on them. Punctured wires are also a fire hazard. Keeps cords covered, secured and hidden.

This is also a popular time of year for candles. Make sure to keep flames up high so they can’t be knocked over by exuberant tail-wagging. If you use a fireplace, keep a screen in front to prevent burns.

The Holly and the Ivy
While they really beautify our homes, holiday plants like poinsettias, holly, ivy, mistletoe, lilies and pine needles are poisonous, and even deadly. Just on leaf from any lily plant can kill a cat. Other problems stemming from ingesting holiday plants can range from mouth irritation, to vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, neurological damage, trembling and even death. Keep plant decorations well out of reach of pets.

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    Dee Perez is lifelong animal lover and animal welfare proponent. She developed and taught a year-long series of university-level classes called Two-Legged and Four-Legged: Exploring Human Relationships with Animals that explored myriad issues around ... Read Full
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